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Procurement Bill [HL] - Report (1st Day): Amendment 33 (28 Nov 2022)

Baroness Finn: My Lords, much has been made of the importance of social and environmental goals in public procurement. Of course, as many noble Lords have said, these goals have their place—but they should not be the driving force behind a procurement system, forcing it to run slowly and inefficiently and increasing cost to the public purse while disincentivising innovation and the participation of small...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 164 (10 Feb 2021)

Baroness Finn: My Lords, we have debated at length whether our laws are sophisticated enough to catch all the terrible subtlety and invidiousness inherent in domestic abuse. It is important, though, that we also consider what can be done by way of prevention and reform. It is for this reason that I speak in support of Amendment 167 in the name of my noble friend Lady Bertin and other noble Lords. I say,...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 149 (8 Feb 2021)

Baroness Finn: My Lords, I rise to speak in support of Amendment 149 in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Lister, and other noble Lords who have signed it. I thank them for bringing this to the attention of the Committee and I wholeheartedly support this amendment on post-separation abuse, including economic abuse. It is tragic that so many women continue to be abused even after separation. They have...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (5th Day) (8 Feb 2021)

Baroness Finn: My Lords, I speak in support of this amendment in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Marks, and the other noble Lords who have signed it. It seeks to create a new offence of “Controlling or coercive behaviour by persons providing psychotherapy or counselling services”. First, I commend the apposite wording—in particular, “persons providing … services,” since these abusive...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 137 (3 Feb 2021)

Baroness Finn: My Lords, I speak in support of Amendments 137 and 138 and pay tribute to my noble friend Lady Newlove and many others for their tireless work and campaigning. I, too, thank Julia Drown for her help and support, and I very much welcome the Government’s acknowledgement of this issue and thank Ministers for their support. I stress that this is the right Bill for this offence: non-fatal...

Small Business: EU Exports (28 Jan 2021)

Baroness Finn: Does my noble friend agree that we need to work with SMEs and other businesses to tackle the lower propensity of British businesses to export? We need to seize export opportunities to the EU and those countries outside the EU. Can she therefore update us on what initiatives exist to encourage exports to countries outside the EU?

EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement - Motion to Take Note (8 Jan 2021)

Baroness Finn: My Lords, I refer to my interest as a board member of the Cabinet Office, and I warmly congratulate my noble friend Lord Wharton of Yarm on an excellent and apposite maiden speech. This trade deal is surely a case of beating expectations, and enormous credit goes to my right honourable friend the Prime Minister and his negotiating team. A hugely significant breakthrough agreement over...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Second Reading (5 Jan 2021)

Baroness Finn: My Lords, I add my support for this Bill to that of my noble friends and colleagues across the House, and I pay tribute to all those who have worked so hard to enable it. We are united in our condemnation of domestic abuse but also in our recognition that the law has let its victims down for too long. Domestic abuse is often unseen, manifesting mentally as well as physically. It is the...

Prisoners (Disclosure of Information About Victims) Bill - Second Reading (28 Apr 2020)

Baroness Finn: My Lords, I wholeheartedly support this important Bill and pay tribute to those who have worked so hard to bring it to Parliament. Justice delayed is justice denied. Since Helen McCourt was tragically murdered in 1988, her mother Marie has been searching for justice and peace, and while Helen’s law will at least help bring justice to others, this Bill must be only the start of putting...

Covid-19: Charities - Question (24 Mar 2020)

Baroness Finn: My Lords, community foundations will be critical to ensure that aid is properly distributed to those who need it most. Can the Minister confirm that they will receive the support that they require to do this?

Budget Statement - Motion to Take Note (18 Mar 2020)

Baroness Finn: My intervention is about the Green Book methodology. The very outdated methodology in the Treasury was mentioned by my noble friend in his opening speech, and I referred to it in mine. I am hoping that it will rebalance some of this.

Budget Statement - Motion to Take Note (18 Mar 2020)

Baroness Finn: My Lords, I am grateful for the opportunity to speak today. It is humbling to follow so many experienced, knowledgeable and very learned noble Lords. As others have mentioned, it is far from business as usual; as we have watched this crisis build ominous momentum, so we have waited to see the Government’s fiscal response. Of course, it is too early to say, but I sincerely hope that this is...

Ministerial Code - Question for Short Debate (12 Mar 2020)

Baroness Finn: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Tyler, on securing this debate. However, while we are ostensibly here to debate potential changes to the Ministerial Code, I fear that we are not necessarily debating the right question. The Ministerial Code is already 31 pages long, the code for special advisers is 18. The Civil Service Code fits very neatly on one page on GOV.UK—I find this...

Female Genital Mutilation - Question (6 Feb 2020)

Baroness Finn: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support international efforts to end female genital mutilation.

Female Genital Mutilation - Question (6 Feb 2020)

Baroness Finn: I thank the Minister for her response. In 2013, the UK Government made a very welcome commitment of £35 million to be spent in efforts to end female genital mutilation. However, there are some genuine concerns that a large proportion of that sum failed to reach women on the front lines, with the result that very little has actually changed. Can my noble friend assure the House that the £50...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (1st Day): Motion for an Humble Address (19 Dec 2019)

Baroness Finn: My Lords, I second my noble friend’s Motion. I am conscious of the great honour to do so and of the privilege to follow my noble friend Lord Lamont—a son of Shetland, a reforming Chancellor and a kind mentor to many, including me. While in office, my noble friend recruited a young special adviser called David Cameron, hired as his principal private secretary a fresh-faced civil servant...

Inequalities - Motion to Take Note (13 Jun 2019)

Baroness Finn: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Dubs, on securing this hugely important debate and for his commitment and hard work over very many years, especially on behalf of refugees. I also congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Ravensdale, on his excellent and insightful maiden speech. This is an enormously broad debate and we have only a few minutes, so I will limit my remarks to the review...

Public Procurement and the Civil Society Strategy - Motion to Take Note (23 May 2019)

Baroness Finn: My Lords, I begin by drawing attention to my entry in the register of interests and by congratulating my noble friend Lady McGregor-Smith on securing a debate on this important topic, on which she spoke with such authority. It is an honour to follow her and other esteemed colleagues. I pay particular tribute to my noble friend Lord Maude for his tireless devotion to procurement reform during...

Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (13 May 2019)

Baroness Finn: My Lords, I thank the Minister for introducing the Bill. He and the Government, in their 2018 White Paper, have laid out a clear case for the introduction of these questions to the census, as well as the rationale for them being optional. Historically, there has always been pressure to include more questions and response options in the census than can be accommodated without putting an...

Public Appointments: Diversity - Question (9 May 2019)

Baroness Finn: Does my noble friend agree that a consistent, rigorous focus on the action needed to overcome the barriers to employment is more important than another grand strategy? That was our approach during the coalition Government when increasing appointments of women, with very impressive results. Is it not sensible to learn from what worked successfully then?


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